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Under African Skies: Modern African Stories

Larson, Charles R., editor and introduction

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ISBN 10: 0374211787 / ISBN 13: 9780374211783
Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux, New York, 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Under African Skies: Modern African Stories

Publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Editor

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

Stories from a number of African nations, including Nigeria, South Africa, and Senegal, are presented here, along with biographical information on the writers and textual notes by Chinua Achebe, Camara Laye, Bessie Head, Ousmane Sembene, and other notable authors.

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Edited by a scholar with a long-standing interest in African literature, this is a collection of 26 stories by African writers from Somalia to South Africa. It includes such stalwarts of African literature as Amos Tutola, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, and Chinua Achebe, who have been publishing since the 1950s and '60s. But it also includes younger writers such as Ben Okri, winner of the 1991 Booker Prize for his novel The Famished Road, and the South African Mandla Langa. In his introduction Charles Larson notes that "the most extraordinary aspect of African literature . . . has been its resiliency" in the face of censorship, exile, imprisonment, torture, and even death. This collection reaffirms that extraordinary strength.

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